National Commission on Fire Prevention and Control

The U.S. National Commission on Fire Prevention and Control was a Presidential Commission appointed by President Richard Nixon in June 1971. It submitted its final report, America Burning, in May 1973.

BackgroundEdit

The Fire Research and Safety Act of 1968 provided a mandate for a Presidential Commission to be established for research into the hazards of death, injury, and property damage caused by fire. Public Law 90-259 authorized a twenty-member commission to conduct a two-year study aiming to determine effective measures for reducing the destructive effects of fire.

ActivitiesEdit

During 1972, the Presidential Task Force conducted regional hearings across the United States surveying communities with regards to flammable incidences.[1] The Presidential Commission concluded their study on May 4, 1973, submitting a report to President Nixon entitled America Burning: The Report of The National Commission on Fire Prevention and Control.[2] On July 12, 1973, President Nixon released a presidential statement commending the National Commission on their analysis and findings related to fire safety and the fire loss dilemma in the United States.[3]

CommissionersEdit

Nixon appointed commissioners for the National Commission on Fire Prevention and Control in June 1971.

NCFPC Commissioner Occupation Affiliation
Richard E. Bland
  • Commission Chairman
  • Professor of Engineering
Pennsylvania State University
W. Howard McClennan
  • Commission Vice Chairman
  • President
International Association of Fire Fighters
Howard D. Tipton Executive Director National Commission on Fire Prevention and Control
Ernst R.G. Eckert, Ph.D. Professor of Mechanical Engineering University of Minnesota
Peter S. Hackes Media Correspondent National Broadcasting Company
John L. Jablonsky Vice President American Insurance Association
Ann Wight Phillips, M.D. Burn Specialist
Dorothy Duke Consultant National Council of Negro Women
Albert Hole Fire Marshal State of California
Baron Whitaker President Underwriter Laboratories
Percy Bugbee Honorary Chairman National Fire Protection Association
Roger Freeman Jr. President Allendale Mutual Insurance Co.
Tommy Arevalo Lieutenant El Paso, Texas Fire Department
Keith E. Klinger Chief Emeritus Los Angeles County Fire Department
Robert A. Hechtman, Ph.D. President R.A. Hechtman & Associates
Louis J. Amabili Director Delaware State Fire School
William J. Young Fire Chief Newington, New Hampshire Fire Department
John F. Hurley Fire Commissioner City of Rochester, New York
John A. Proven Director Fire Equipment Manufacturers' Association
Frederick B. Dent Presidential Cabinet Member Secretary of Commerce
James T. Lynn Presidential Cabinet Member Secretary of Housing

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Peters, Gerhard; Woolley, John T. "Richard Nixon: "Statement on Receiving the First Report of the National Commission on Fire Prevention and Control.," March 31, 1972". The American Presidency Project. University of California - Santa Barbara.
  2. ^ "America Burning : The Report of The National Commission on Fire Prevention and Control" (PDF). U.S. Fire Administration. Federal Emergency Management Agency. May 4, 1973. p. 192. OCLC 23601256.
  3. ^ Peters, Gerhard; Woolley, John T. "Richard Nixon: "Statement About the Final Report of the National Commission on Fire Prevention and Control," July 12, 1973". The American Presidency Project. University of California - Santa Barbara.